ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Police Monday chalked out elaborate Traffic and security plans for the main procession of Eid Milad ul Nabi on 12 Rabi ul Awal (October 30) and to ensure strict patrolling for religious gatherings in the city.
The decision for comprehensive security arrangements were made in a meeting presided over by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar which was also attended by DIG (Headquarters) Muhammad Saleem, AIGs Special Branch, Operations, SSPs Traffic, Security, Headquarters, CTD, Additional SP and SPs of various zones.
IGP directed DIG (Operations) Waqar Uddin Syed to ensure comprehensive security arrangements on the occasion. He asked for monitoring and surveillance of the processions through drone and CCTV cameras and to deploy teams of CTD as well as a falcon on important points.
According to the security plan, the contingents of capital police and personnel of other law enforcement agencies will perform patrolling and security duties on this occasion and main procession starting from Sector G-7 will be completely cordoned off through heavy deployment.
The procession will start from sector G-7 (Sitara Market) and to culminate near the shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Mehmud at the Aabpara market after passing through various routes, the police source said.
All SPs, SDPOs, SHOs and other police officials will visit the routes of the procession and ensure effective coordination among the security personnel performing duties.
Police officials will guide the cops and boost their morale in accomplishing duties in a responsible manner. Around 1000 cops including teams of QRF, ATS, CTF and police commandoes will perform security duties on the occasion while special teams of Rangers, CID and Special Branch police will assist in the smooth performance of their duties.
The police officers including SPs will also visit various police posts lying in the route of the procession, check security duties and brief cops on how to ensure effective security.
Traffic Police decided to depute 478 policemen to ensure a smooth flow of traffic in the capital. As per the plan, a total of 478 cops including one SP, three DSPs and 17 Inspectors would perform duties for maintaining smooth traffic flow in the city.
The main procession would start from G-7 Markaz near Rehmat Community Centre and to culminate at Bari Imam Shrine after passing through various routes including Jamia Masjid Al Raza G-7, Jamia Masjid Al-Habib G-7/3 Corner Fazal-e-Haq Road, and 7th avenue loop, Lal Quarters Chowk, Imam Bargah G-6/2, CDA Hospital and Islamabad Hotel.
Various roads from Sitara Market to Iqbal Hall, Iqbal Hall to Service Road-1 G-7/3 towards Razia Sharif Plaza, Fazle Haq Road from China Chowk to Kulsoom Plaza, Shuhada Chowk to Abpara Chowk, Aabpara Chowk to 7th Avenue Chowk, Soharwardi Road, Kashmir Highway from Chand Tara Chowk to Dhokri Chowk will be closed for all kinds of traffic.
The traffic from Fire Brigade will be diverted to Soharwardi Road, Zero Point & Faisal Avenue while other open routes would be 7th avenue, Jinnah Avenue, GPO Chowk to Shaheed-e-Millat Road. Traffic from Zero Point and Rawalpindi will be diverted to 7th Avenue, Faisal Avenue & Srinagar Highway.
Traffic from Bhara Kahu and Rawal Dam will be diverted to Rawal Dam Chowk, Faizabad & Faisal Avenue.
Motorists intending to reach Rawal Dam, Dhokri Chowk, Bhara Kahu & Murree from Motorway and Islamabad will be diverted from Zero Point to Faizabad & Murree Road. On the occasion, ITP FM Radio 92.4 will disseminate messages about the situation of traffic on roads.